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Abs: From Flab to Fab in 4 Weeks

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A buff belly, a sizzling six-pack. You're here because you want abdominals that rock, and if you're like the rest of us, you want them now.

OK, there's no such thing as instant abs. But with the dynamic duo of a healthy diet and a spare tire-smoking workout, how does 4 weeks to a better belly sound to you?

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Abs in 4 Weeks? Is That Even Possible?

Can you really get better abs in just 1 month? If you mean a stomach that's tighter, more toned, and slimmer -- yes you can.

Fire up the following workout and cut some calories and you can reasonably lose a couple pounds a week, say the pros. In 4 weeks, that's a possible 8 pounds, and "8 pounds of flab covers a lot of area," says Paul Frediani, ACSM, certified fitness coach, and co-author of Boot Camp Workout. Burn off 8 pounds, and "you will definitely be able to see and feel it."

But be smart. Before you can blaze through a few sets of these belly-busters you'll need to build up to it. And to do that, think about putting ab exercises at the front of your workout.

Most people tend to save ab work for last, says exercise physiologist Rich Weil, MEd, CDE, yet you'll "be fresher at the beginning of your workout and so you may get a superior response" working your abs when they're strongest.

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